I happened to stop in Bali for four days after a wedding in Singapore. Since I was there such a short period of time, I rented a driver for $30 USD and let him show me how to spend one day in Bali. I had a pretty strict itinerary that started at 8am and went until 6pm. I didn’t realistically get back to my hotel until 8pm because the last stop was far away. There is a lot of exploring that can be done in Bali, but you can get the touristy stuff out of the way in a few days. I have to admit I saw some pretty amazing stuff in just one day in Bali. Below are the places I suggest on how to spend one day in Bali.
Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s famous temples that is located on South Kuta. If you happen to be showing skin, then you will probably be told to wear a sarong. Even men have to wear it. Bali is so hot that it is hard to walk around without wearing shorts. Don’t worry about looking like a tourist, you will notice that most people are walking around with the same sarong. One of the most spectacular things about this temple are the monkeys as well as the view. Unfortunately I do not have many photos of the actual temple. When I was there though, everyone was crowded around the edge of the cliff admiring the view. It is so serene and beautiful, and makes you feel like you are actually in a sacred place. You do have to be careful with your belongings here because the monkeys like to steal loose items.
2. Bali Bird Park
One thing that you will notice in this utterly adorable photo of me and this cockatoo is my raging sunburn. The sun in Bali is no joke. I was sitting at the pool bar at the hotel, and after 2 hours was completely fried. I actually had to spend the next two days out of the sun wearing a hat and rash guard. Anytime I walked in the sun, it was like extreme pain hitting me at once. So, make sure to bring a lot of sunscreen. Anyways, the Bali Bird park is a place you definitely need to stop if you like animals. I saw a really cool albino peacock as well that was roaming around the grounds. There was also a golden pheasant which you will not find in many parts of the world. Walking around the Bali Bird Park doesn’t take longer than an hour if you are passing through. I really did not stop to see much besides this cockatoo which I adored so much. I nicknamed the bird peaches because of it’s bright pink colored feathers. The Bali Bird Park is a great stop along the way to Ubud. The cost to get in the park is 100,800 IDR for adults, and 50,400 IDR for children.
3. Kopi Luwak Coffee Plantation
Another great stop, the coffee plantation. It was free entry and one of the owners gave a tour of the small plantation. One of the highlights was learning about Luwak. If you do not know, Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. It goes for around $100 USD per pound, and the reason is the method of producing the coffee. Luwak is made from feeding coffee beans to an Indonesian civet cat, and then collecting the droppings. This is actually considered a delicacy. When you visit the plantation, you will be given a sample of the plantation’s coffee. I tried it and thought it was actually pretty tasty. It was surprisingly a lot more smooth than regular coffee. When the tour is over, you can purchase coffee at the gift shop. This is definitely a great gift for friends back home.
4. Ubud Monkey Forest
For me, the Ubud Monkey Forest was one of the highlights of my trip to Bali. It is also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and is part of a Hindu temple. The entry cost is 20,000 IDR and they do take credit cards. When you walk in there are literally monkeys everywhere. Running around on the ground, in the trees, or fighting with each other. You actually have to be careful with your belongings in here since the monkeys are known for stealing loose items on you. There were mothers carrying their babies around which was a sight to see. The best part about my experience at the Ubud Monkey Forest was the shot featured here where the monkey is playing with my GoPro. I should rephrase, when the monkey was trying to steal the GoPro. The video of this is pretty amazing. There were actually two monkeys fighting over the camera and trying to eat it. I happened to get a shot of the action on my phone. The Ubud Monkey forest also sells bananas pretty cheap. I do not recommend walking around with the bunch. I would pull out one at a time. Once the monkeys see the bananas, they literally go bananas for it. They will jump all over you. On the way out make sure to wash your hands. 🙂
5. Lunch at Sari Organik
After spending around two hours at the Ubud Monkey Forest, my driver took me to some shops around the same area. There were great shops to get souvenirs and cheap clothing. I got quite a few items for my apartment. My favorite souvenir is the see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil wooden carved monkeys. I spent probably $5 USD on them. After a long morning, it was time to take a break and eat something. The driver dropped me for lunch and didn’t say anything about the restaurant, so I just figured it was good since he is local. To my surprise, I walked in and discovered a tiny restaurant with a gorgeous view. I happened to get the best table which was in the corner, overlooking the rice terraces. It was hard not giving up and spending the rest of the afternoon here drinking beer and taking in the scenery. I got a few beers, appetizer, a meal, and spent around $20 USD. The food was amazing here, and this is definitely how to spend one day in Bali.
6. Tegallalang Rice Terrace
The famous Bali Rice Terraces. This is something you definitely should not go without seeing when you visit Bali. I happened to catch it on a sunny day which made the view even more spectacular. There are quite a few cafe’s that overlook the terraces. This is a good stopping point to rest your feet and enjoy the view.
7. Tegallalang Wholesale Market
The Tegallalang Wholesale Market was not on my driver’s itinerary for the day, I just happened to ask where the wholesale area was. It was in a great location on the way to the famous rice terraces. It is basically a street with with tons of different shops. Just when you thought Bali was cheap, you will be amazed to find the deals you can get here. You always have the option to bargain here. A lot of the shop owners do not speak very good english though, so I suggest you have your driver help you with that. There are a lot of great items for the home here. I ended up purchasing a few carved skulls which were more expensive than other items since they are individually hand carved, and the process takes a week for each skull. If you are interested, here is a website where you can purchase them:
8. Elephant Safari Park
At this point it was almost nighttime, and I was exhausted. This was my last stop of the day in Ubud. The Elephant Safari Park is also a lodge, but I am not sure if I would stay there. The park also lets you bathe the elephants, but apparently you have to get there early in the morning. I liked seeing the elephants, but it really bothered me that they were chained up. The caregivers did seem treat the elephants very well though. Apparently this is the most ethical Elephant Park in Bali though. This is definitely how to spend one day in Bali sightseeing.